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Old 11-19-2006, 10:47 AM
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TIFF Compression

When saving a file as a TIFF what compression form should I use ZIP, JPEG or LZW or None?

Many thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this.

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Old 11-19-2006, 12:28 PM
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Re: TIFF Compression

Avoid JPG. None is the best for compatibility. LZW is a good compromise between small filesize and speed. ZIP will give you the smallest files, but it might take awhile to save each time.
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Old 11-19-2006, 09:53 PM
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Thanks Doug. That helps.

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Old 11-20-2006, 08:00 AM
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Re: TIFF Compression

I don't know if this will be a useful answer or not... I never have used compression on tiff files, it defeats the whole purpose of using that format for me. If I want the highest possible quality from a file format it will be either tiff or psd as neither of those are compressed formats. If I want smaller file sizes then I switch to jpeg.

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Old 11-20-2006, 08:16 AM
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Re: TIFF Compression

The compression of a TIFF file is not the same thing as the compression of a JPG.

LZW compression of the TIFF file is lossless, much the same way as a ZIP (or RAR) file. The quality is exactly the same - just takes up less space on your drive.

The only time that you don't use LZW is when there are compatability problems with the target application.

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